Rachel Renee Balcerak
Hometown: Hales Corners
High School: Whitnall High School
College Plans: University of Nevada – Las Vegas
Major: Biological Sciences – preprofessional
Professional Plans: Pediatrician
Interests: Biking, Camping, Cards, Hiking, Movies, Music, Photography, Reading, Running, Sports, Traveling, Drawing, Dancing
Activities: Band, Basketball, Cross Country, Tennis, Track and Field, AFS, Science Club
Honors: National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, AP Scholar Top 5 of the class, Honor Roll, Scholar Athlete
Balcerak Attends Prestigious National STEM Program – National Youth Science Camp
CHARLESTON, WV – August 2017 – Rachel Balcerak, a graduate of Whitnall High School represented Wisconsin at the National Youth Science Camp. Balcerak joined 108 other delegates from 50 states and eight countries in the prestigious annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program. The National Youth Science Camp, located in the Monongahela National Forest near Green Bank, West Virginia, integrates engaging and thought provoking STEM presentations and hands-on activities with adventurous outdoor experiences and performing and applied arts.
Each year, graduating high school seniors with high achievements in STEM fields are selected from the 50 states, Washington, D.C. and eight countries, to attend the National Youth Science Camp. For almost a month, delegates attend lectures by science industry leaders, engineers, and researchers, but also experience the beauty of the West Virginia outdoors through backpacking, caving, mountain biking and rock climbing.
These future STEM leaders are selected on merit, based on their achievements, with the program provided to them at no cost, including travel, removing any financial barriers for attendance. Delegates also have the opportunity to gain individual hands on experience in STEM fields. The impact is profound and lifelong, according to Science Camp alumni, staff and presenters.
Balcerak shared, “I learned that I am not alone, and there are other people as passionate about science and learning as me. More importantly, I learned that is is OK to change your mind.”
The National Youth Science Camp is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation. To apply for the National Youth Science Camp, go to www.apply.nysc.org. To learn more about the programs and work of the National Youth Science Foundation, please visit www.nysf.com.
Balcerak plans to attend the University of Nevada in the fall, to study Biological Sciences – preprofessional.
John P. Giroir, Director, National Youth Science Camp – 304-205-9724 x1
National Youth Science Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 3387
Charleston, WV 25333-3387